Tampa Equestrian Festival Prize List and Entry Forms Now Available


Tampa, FL - Stadium Jumping, Inc., one of the premier producers of equestrian events in the world, is pleased to announce that the prize list and entry forms for the 2010 Tampa Equestrian Festival are now available. To receive copies, please email Susie Morrissey at susiemorr@aol.com or call the Stadium Jumping, Inc. office at (941) 744-5465.

During three weeks of exciting hunter/jumper action, the Tampa Equestrian Festival will bring many of the world's top equestrians to the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, FL, to compete. The festival begins with the Suncoast Internationale that is scheduled for March 24-28, 2010. That will be followed by the Tampa Bay Classic CSI 2*-W, which will start on March 31 and runs thru April 4. The final week of the festival is the Tournament of Champions CSI, which will be held April 6 thru April 10.  

Highlight events during the second week of competition, The Tampa Bay Classic, will include the $30,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake on Thursday, April 1, the $5,000 WCHR Handy Hunter Classic on Saturday, April 3, and the $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 2*-W Grand Prix of Tampa on Sunday, April 4. During the final week, the Tournament of Champions, the $30,000 Grand Prix of Florida CSI will be held on Wednesday, April 7, and the feature event, the 38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, will be held April 10 at Raymond James Stadium.

Tickets for the 38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational will go on sale February 15, 2010, and can be purchased at www.tickemaster.com. For more information on the 2010 Tampa Equestrian Festival, please email susiemorr@aol.com or call (800) 237-8924.

The Tampa Equestrian Festival and the 38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational Fast Facts

EVENT: Tampa Equestrian Festival presented by Stadium Jumping, Inc. and 38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational, which features the world's best equestrian athletes.

WHAT: Three-week hunter/jumper horse show circuit produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc. The 38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational is one of the premier show jumping events in the United States.

WHERE:
Tampa Equestrian Festival:

Bob Thomas Equestrian Center at the Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 North US Highway 301
Tampa, FL 33680

38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational:
Raymond James Stadium
4201 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33607

WHEN: Daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Suncoast Internationale - March 24-28, 2009
Tampa Classic CSI 2*-W - March 31- April 4, 2009
Tournament of Champions, CSI - April 6 -10 , 2009
38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3* - April 10, 2009, 8 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Thursday, April 1, 1:00 pm, $30,000 Tampa Bay Welcome Stake
Saturday, April 3, 6:00 p.m., $5,000 WCHR Handy Hunter Classic
Sunday, April, 4, 2:00 p.m. - $50,000 FEI World Cup Qualifier CSI 2*-W Grand Prix of Tampa
Wednesday, April 7, 1:00 pm, $30,000 Grand Prix of Florida CSI
Saturday, April 10, 7 p.m. - 38th Annual $200,000 Gene Mische American Invitational CSI 3*

Directions
From Tampa or St. Pete/Clearwater via I-275 to I-4 Eastbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: From I-4 Eastbound only, take Exit #6 for Orient Rd. and turn right off the ramp. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance immediately on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

From Lakeland/Orlando area via I-4 Westbound
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Travel on I-4 West toward Tampa to Exit #7 toward US-92 W / HILLSBOROUGH AVE and merge onto E. HILLSBOROUGH AVE. Proceed to the light at Orient Road and turn left. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the left-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

Traveling from I-75 North/South (from Ocala/Sarasota area)
Orient Rd. Entrance Gate: Traveling north on I-75, take Exit #260 (B) and merge LEFT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD (aka SR-574 West). Traveling south on I-75, take Exit #260 and merge RIGHT onto DR MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BLVD. Go west for 2.5 miles and pass the light at U.S. Hwy. 301. Keep proceeding on MLK, Jr. Blvd. to the next light which is ORIENT RD. Make a right at Orient Road. There will be a sign for the Fairgrounds entrance on the right-hand side. Check in at the Security Guard gate for entry.

THE FACILITY:
Bob Thomas Equestrian Center, Tampa, FL
All arenas have a separate warm-up area with all-weather footing
Grand Prix Field 250' x 350' all weather footing
Covered Ring 165' x 300' clay/sand mixture
Annex Ring 150' x 275' all weather footing
Indoor Ring 130' x 250' clay/sand mixture

Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
Outdoor Stadium Arena 150' x 360' bermuda sod grass

HOTELS (in Tampa, more listed in prize list):
Hilton Garden Inn
TEF rate of $89.00 per night
10309 Highland Manor Drive
Tampa, FL
(813) 626-6700

La Quinta Inn East Fairgrounds
4811 U.S. 301 North
Tampa, FL
(813) 623-3321
(800) 642-4271

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Tampa
5223 North Orient Road (next to showgrounds)
Tampa, FL
(813) 627-7625

SpringHill Suites
4835 W. Cypress Street
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 639-9600
(888) 236-2427




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